Category: Prosthetics

Homemade Leg Prosthesis

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom prototype of homemade leg prosthesis for an Afghan boy who lost both legs due to an improvised explosive device (IED). A team of U.S. Army soldiers developed a custom prototype for an eight-year-old boy who lost both legs, with the idea that locals should be able to make their own prostheses so that people injured by mines and bombs can get on their feet quickly, without having to wait for a distant charity to help. The prototype consisted of a simple cast attached to a sturdy metal rod with a flat hook. The cast can be fitted in as little as one day and recast to accommodate the growth of an individual. The metal rod and flat hooked foot are easily reproduced and allow a patient to walk more naturally. The child had no mobility whatsoever and was dependent on his father who was carrying him around on his back. The primary aim was to increase mobility and allow individuals who have lost limbs due to IEDs to live more productive lives. The next step is for the Afghan doctors in this region to make their own prostheses and to train them to instruct victims on the use of the leg. AUTHOR: Gene Ostrovsky. TITLE: Army Develops Home-Made Leg Prostheses. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF:


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